He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. – Proverbs 16:20 (KJV)
December is here. 2016 is almost upon us. Are you excited? Has 2015 been good to you so far? I pray so.
Today's blog post is a brief reminder about the importance of setting our minds up for success by finding every reason to be happy and making every excuse to be successful.
Reason to be happy. Every day we convince ourselves to do stuff, such as waking up to the alarm clock when you'd rather stay in bed, driving to work in long traffic jammed commutes, cleaning around the house when you'd rather read a book, preparing a meal while wishing mom was here to serve your favorite dish. We're always finding reasons to (or not to) act, to engage and participate. Our inner dialogue sets this stage for us.
We are capable of steering our minds from negative places toward hopeful, constructive ones. By having positive self-talk and consciously pointing out to ourselves why we deserve to be happy.
How can this be achieved? It starts with our thoughts, as Iyanla Vanzant points out:
Every thought U think, every word U speak, is a form of prayer. Careful monitoring of ur thoughts is required to yield positive results
— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) December 3, 2015
Fine tuning our perceptions and expectations could lead us to gainful actions and reactions. This helps increase productivity and general well being. Instead of feeling down, find every reason to be happy. These reasons are everywhere. In fact, simply being alive is reason enough to be very, very happy. Some did not make it out of bed alive today.
Excuses for success. We also tend to make excuses to keep ourselves from going the extra mile, or from getting out of our comfort zones. Most of us like to be comfortable even in our misery. We make excuses, we come up with these long stories about why we're not getting ahead, we expect people to feel sorry for us, to pat us on the back because we're suffering.
If we're going to make excuses, why not make those that lead to winning? Leadership requires us to work ourselves out of negative places. Because these ruts stifle progress, taint our work and hold us back.
As we head into a new year, let's be encouraged to make every excuse to be successful in reaching our goals, in making that sales call, in taking that next step, and going the extra mile.
Produce results, do something tangible in following your dream.
If you're feeling a certain way, carefully examine why and find ways to get better. Keep your mind clean (and free of anger, jealousy, self-pity, regrets), such that it would be receptive of greatness, leading to a place of wealth – financially, spiritually, mentally, and physically.
We are ultimately in control of what we're telling ourselves. Speak the language of victory and have the outlook of a champion.
Cheers to your success!